Hong Kong Willie Art Gallery In Tampa, a reuse Art Gallery. Artist Kim,Derek,and Joseph. reuse artist that have lived the life and are meant for the green movement in the world. A gallery that was born for this time. Artist living a freegan life,art that makes a social statement of reuse. Media that has a profound effect in making the word green truly a movement of reuse in the world today and the future.
3) Key West Spiny Lobster buoy wreath Joe and Kim Brown, North Tampa
The burlap coffee bean bag? The tattered leather jacket? The
battered baseball? They’ve all found second lives at Hong Kong Willie,
a kitschy roadside shop where recycled objects are transformed into
handbags and art.
This is not your typical boutique. A chicken roams the
property, which is next door to an extended-stay hotel. The owner,
58-year-old owner Joe Brown, walks around barefoot and does his sewing
in a back room with a floor covered in old coffee bean shells.
Every object has multiple uses, he says. If everyone changed
the way they looked at material things, there would be less garbage,
This 30-inch wreath is made of old buoys, a popular item that has found new life at Hong Kong Willie.
Indeed, his shop is decorated with strands of buoys from the
Florida Keys, old, broken and mismatched flip-flops and boat parts —
items once destined for landfills.
Back in 1958, an art teacher told Brown that reuse was common
in Hong Kong. Brown then melted a Gerber baby food jar into a glass
paper weight, and Hong Kong Willie — the most American name he could
think of at the time — was born.
Dong-Phuong Nguyen, Times Staff Write